It’s not rocket science: When you eat well, you feel well. But in recent years, the wellness lifestyle has blossomed from this simple ethos into a multi-million dollar industry with no signs of wilting anytime soon.
So, where do you get started? To help make your wellness journey a little easier, we’ve compiled some of our favorite smoothie recipes featuring natural protein, adaptogens (we’ll explain later), and superfoods. Because everyone has a blender, and who doesn’t like smoothies? Drink well!
Key ingredient: Maca powder
Maca is a nutrient-dense root often consumed in powder form that can help balance hormones and boost energy. This recipe from Blissful Basil is an easy and fast way to jump start your day with just five ingredients.
Key ingredient: Collagen
Forget the fountain of youth, collagen is the real secret to younger, healthier looking skin, hair, and nails. It’s a natural protein produced by the body and it’s what gives skin its elasticity. But over time that production slows down, contributing to those unwanted signs of aging like wrinkles. While there are different types of collagen available, marine collagen, sourced from fish like salmon and snapper, is absorbed more efficiently into the body than bovine collagen which is sourced from cows. This recipe from The Well Essentials topped with cacao nibs and coconut shavings will have you licking the bowl.
Key ingredients: Ashwagandha
Adaptogens are a natural substance like an herb or plant that can help the body adapt and heal from the stresses of life. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is often used to relieve stress and improve mental focus. Lee from America includes it here in one of four ideas for banana-less smoothies.
Remember, everyone’s body is different. So don’t forget to check with your primary health care provider before incorporating these ingredients into your diet.
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